• Welcome To Third Grade!!



    Please remember to sign the planner every night 

    Any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at tbrown@jacksonsd.org 


     If you would like to donate items for our class, we always welcome extra tissues, cleaning wipes, and paper towels. 


    Nitro Ball Team =]


    Nitro Ball Team


    Upcoming Events:     

     5/8-5/9 NJSLA-ELA Testing

    5/8 Schol Store

    5/10 PTN Plant Sale

    5/14-5/16 NJSLA-Math Testing

    5/16 PTN Surf Taco Night 5:30pm

    5/22 Switlik Art Show 6-8:30pm

    5/24 Shortened Day

    5/27 School Closed

    5/29 Shoprite Trip


    Nightly student job responsibilities: 
    Read 2 steps (a total of 30 minutes) and get log signed.
    Study spelling words 
    Complete math worksheet and study fast facts. 


    Our May's home reading goal is 34 steps!  Students should try to read 2 steps nightly at home. Remember each step is 15 minutes. Please remember to have your child log their time.


    Here's what's happening this week:

    Reading: This week we will begin our Research Unit. Students are reading about weather and climate. They will reasearch in groups about a weather hazard and synthesize infromation across multiple texts

    Writing: We will begin our Research writing unit. Students will synthesize information about their weather hazard to teach someone about it.

    Science: We will begin our fourth unit on weather hazards and how to stay safe during them.

    Math: We will review all of the skills we have learned in third grade to prepare for NJSLA-Math Testing. Please continue nightly practice of Fast Facts at home.



    Lunch: 10:55 -11:25

    Since our lunch is so early, we will have a working snack everyday. Please send your child with a healthy and easy to eat snack!


    Monday: Music

    Tuesday: Art

    Wednesday: Computers

    Thursday: World Language

    Friday: Gym (wear sneakers)



    Pearson Realize Log in Help!

    * Website: www.pearsonrealize.com

    * At the Pearson sign in page- click the box that says

    Pearson EasyBridge Plus & Auto

    * Where it says choose your district- type and select:


    * Student log in:

    * Username/Login: Student ID #

    * Password: First name + grade level (example: Mark03)


    Please note that our classroom is a nut-free classroom. Please do not send any tree nut or peanut containing products to your child’s classroom during classroom celebrations or as a snack each day. We are asking your assistance in providing these students with a safe learning environment.

    nut free sign

    Thank you for your cooperation


             The Box Top contest is under way! Please help support our PTN by sending in as many box tops as you can.  Collection sheets can be printed from the PTN website, or you can send them in loose. 


    Remember to be Bucket Fillers, not Bucket Dippers!
    Bucket Filling Initiative
    Switlik Elementary School is working towards a more caring and respectful environment. We are using the world acclaimed book by Carol McCloud, Have You Filled a Bucket Today- A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids in order to create a safer, kinder, more respectful school culture.



    Pre- and Post On Demand Writing Assessments


    For each Unit of Writing’ Workshop, students complete a Pre-on Demand writing sample at the onset of the new unit and then a Post On Demand piece upon completion of the unit. The Pre On Demand piece is a formative assessment used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the student(s) before beginning the unit of study.The Pre On Demand sample does not count toward the student’s grade. This assessment equips the teacher with an understanding of the student(s) needs while preparing instruction to meet the needs of his(her) learners. 

    At the end of each unit, the students will complete a Post On Demand sample which is a summative assessment counting toward the student’s performance on the unit. The teacher analyzes each piece to identify the growth the student has made since writing the first sample.

    Each assessment is scored on a rubric that analyzes development of ideas, organization, elaboration as well as conventions including sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization , and grammar. It is expected that the child will show growth from the onset. 

    The rubric is scored on a scale of 1 - 4, with four being the highest score.

    It should be noted that the rubric used is set on a June expectation.


    4= writing exceeds grade level expectations

    3= writing is on grade level and meets the expectations of the grade level.

    2= writing is approaching grade level expectations.

    1= writing is below grade level expectations